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West Ham United stalwart Mark Noble has revealed that he has never been happier after revealing himself to be two-parts chihuahua to his teammates last month.

The midfielder, who joined the Hammers from Arsenal’s youth academy in 2000, made the shocking admission to his colleagues after being handed the captaincy following Kevin Nolan’s release just before the start of the new season.

The Canning Town native said: ‘I felt it was important to earn the respect of all the lads, and the best way to do that was to reveal my dark secret. Obviously, some of the boys were a bit taken aback, and it took Andy Carroll a few days to get his head round it, but I’ve got to say they’ve all been first class.

‘I don’t want to attribute our good start away from the Boleyn to it (West Ham have so far beaten Arsenal and Liverpool on their travels), but I don’t think it’s simply a coincidence’.

However, it hasn’t been all good news for the human-canine passing machine, as he was sent off at Anfield, with his teammates reacting so badly it has led to the club being charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the FA, but as Noble was quick to point out: ‘Obviously the animal in me pretty much literally came out, but it wasn’t that bad and the decision has been overturned. But I did say to the lads afterwards that despite me being part-pack animal, they didn’t need to look out for me and I could take care of myself’.

Defender Winston Reid said: ‘We’re all behind the skipper, one hundred per cent. We even bought him a lead and a box of Winalot, so it’s all good in the dressing room’.